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Philo And Hellenistic Doxography

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This chapter aims firstly to investigate what Philo can teach us about Hellenistic doxography, and secondly to determine how he was able to use this form of ancient philosophical literature for his own purposes. First it looks more closely at the work and legacy of Hermann Diels in order to determine more exactly what doxography is. Next the chapter attempts to outline a brief history of doxographical literature from its first beginnings in the fifth century BCE until the early imperial period in which Philo himself lived. It examines the chief texts in which Philo bears witness to and makes use of doxographical material. Finally the chapter draws some conclusions on what Philo can tell us about doxography and why it was important for him in fulfilling the aims he set himself as a thinker and writer.

Keywords: Hellenistic doxography; Hermann Diels; Philo



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